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Bird identified by photo sleuth as Blackpoll Warbler was with a group of warblers visiting backyard water feature In Anderson, Indiana around 5pm Sept 17, 2020. The group included several Bay-breasted Warblers, an American Redstart, a Blackburnian and a Black-throated Green as well as common backyard birds. 
Since the photo does not show the yellow feet, what defines this bird as a Blackpoll and differentiating it from the Bay-breasted?

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2 hours ago, akandula said:

This is a Bay-breasted. The photo shows black (not orange) toes.

agreed. Amazing how two birds that look nothing alike in their breeding plumage can look so similar in the fall.

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54 minutes ago, Avery said:

agreed. Amazing how two birds that look nothing alike in their breeding plumage can look so similar in the fall.

I wonder how Photo Sleuth got it wrong? 

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1 hour ago, Lois Rockhill said:

I wonder how Photo Sleuth got it wrong? 

It happens. Merlin ID by Cornell is sometimes wrong.

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